Is hijab and niqab compulsory

Question ID: 20831

Aslmk mufti how are you doing, I phoned you last year with the above where I asked you if I don’t allow my wife to wear niqab you told me it is a sin I read the quran made easy something to the effect in surah nursery verse 31 Allah command the women folk to draw the hijab to cover their face and bosom and you translated you never speak anyway about niqab

Then how can this be a sin on me if it is not mention in the quran

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Asked on July 30, 2016 7:52 pm
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السَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكُمْ وَرَحْمَةُاللهِ وَبَرَكَاتُهُ

Firstly, understand that everything, all laws pertaining to Shariat are not solely enumerated in the Quraan.

The Quraan is not the only source of law and rule derivation in Islaam.

In Islaam we have:
two primary sources of derivation i.e. Quraan and Sunnat and
two secondary sources Ijma (consensus of opinion of the Mujtaheedeen) and Qiyaas (Shari analogical reasoning).

To understand via a very simple example, Allaah states, “establish Salaat and give Zakaat.” Now all the minor details of both Salaat and Zakaat are not in the Quraan.

So in the Sunnat we find, how many Rakaats to make, when is the best time, how to make it, what is Fardh, Waajib etc.

Thus all the Aayats referring to Hijab in the Quraan will have to be elucidated via the remaining sources.

The actions of the Sahabiyaat (female Sahabah (R.A)) (R.A) as how to practise on these Aayats is a ‘proof’ for us.

Emailing you books in Hijab so that you may understand. Also see link.

وَعَلَيْكُمُ السَّلَام وَرَحْمَةُ اللَّهِ وَبَرَكَاتُهُ وَمَغْفِرَتُهُ
Mufti Elias

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Answered on August 11, 2016 8:56 am